Smashing Cockroaches

The other night, I had one of the most traumatic experiences of my life. I entered my bedroom just in time to see a huge cockroach leap right into my bed!! To give some context, I sleep on the floor (on a mat). I also sleep inside a pop-up mosquito tent with a zip-up flap door. Inside […]

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Creativity: The Simple Moments

Some people like to skip to the results. To producing things. To being recognized. But the (artistic) achievements truly worth something usually come from a hidden, organic place.

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The Third Day of a New Thing

This week felt like a new beginning for me. I started running, cooking, and waking up earlier. Life felt very different. I was afraid I was going to feel too tired to keep all this up––that’s my normal excuse for sleeping in, not running, and eating the easiest-fix meals possible––but Monday and Tuesday, I felt great! I […]

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Rainy days

I love rainy days. Laughing at the gusts of wind that blow sheets of rain at you sideways. Showing up at a social engagement with the bottom half of you completely soaked. Walking down the street shielded from the rest of the world by a curtain of water, the persistent patter of raindrops filling your ears. Today, I got […]

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Summer Has Arrived!

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I went running this morning and almost died. It felt great in the moment, because although the sun was a little hot, there was nice breeze coming off the ocean and the running path was much less crowded than usual. I could also tell my endurance had improved, which made me happy. But after I […]

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Novel Writing: Climbing the Mountain

So I’ve been trying to write this novel. And I’ve been hitting wall after wall. Questions keep popping up like: What the heck am I doing? Why in the world am I doing this? Who said I needed to write this anyway? Basically, I feel like I’m climbing a huge mountain by myself with a […]

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I’m going to write a novel. No big deal.

When I first found out I was going to be unemployed for most of October and all of November (not to mention December, when I’ll be home!!), I immediately knew I had to set some kind of goal for myself. There was no way I could let that kind of time go to waste. (Not […]

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